Jonah’s possible route through Nineveh
3 At that, Jo′nah got up and went to Nin′e·veh in accord with the word of Jehovah. Now Nin′e·veh herself proved to be a city great to God, with a walking distance of three days. 4 Finally Jo′nah started to enter into the city the walking distance of one day, and he kept proclaiming and saying: “Only forty days more, and Nin′e·veh will be overthrown.”
11 And, for my part, ought I not to feel sorry for Nin′e·veh the great city, in which there exist more than one hundred and twenty thousand men who do not at all know the difference between their right hand and their left, besides many domestic animals?”
Note the size of the walled city above–prompting the question, ‘Was this the city of “three days’ walking distance” ‘?
How could that be so, since it would appear one could walk from one extremity to the other in less than an hour?
Observed André Parrot, Curator-in-Chief of the French National Museums:
“Just as today, that part of London which lies within its ancient boundary is very different from what is called ‘greater London’—a term which includes the suburbs and denotes a much larger area—so it may be that people who lived far away from Assyria understood by the word ‘Nineveh’ what is now known as ‘the Assyrian triangle’ . . . , which stretches from Khorsabad in the north to Nimrud in the south, and, with an almost unbroken string of settlements, covers a distance of some twenty-six miles. . . .
“Felix Jones estimated that the population of Nineveh might have numbered 174,000 persons, and quite recently, in his excavations at Nimrud, M. E. L. Mallowan discovered a stele of Ashurnazirpal on which it is recorded that he invited to a banquet the fabulous number of 69,574 guests. Mallowan considers that, allowing for foreigners, the population of Kalakh (Nimrud) might have been 65,000. But Nineveh is twice the area of Nimrud, and thus it may be reckoned that the figure in Jonah 4.11 is indirectly confirmed.”—Nineveh and the Old Testament, 1955, pp. 85, 86
” The ruins of Kouyunjik, Nimrud, Karamles and Khorsabad form the four corners of an irregular quadrangle. The ruins of Nineveh, with the whole area included within the parallelogram they form by lines drawn from the one to the other, are generally regarded as consisting of these four sites.”
Note in the pictures below where Khorsabad is (NE of Mosul, see green arrow) and where Nimrud is situated (South of Mosul, green arrow). The ruins of ancient Nineveh’s ‘downtown’, if you will, are directly across the Tigris from the modern city of Mosul.